Cigar Review: Brick House
Brick House cigars are produced by the J.C. Newman Cigar Company which is one of the oldest cigar companies in the United States. It was founded in 1895 by a Hungarian immigrant named Julius Caesar Newman in his family’s barn in Cleveland, Ohio.
Back in his home village Julius Caesar Newman grew up in the only brick home in the village. This place was not only the residence to Newman and his family, but it was also the town’s tavern. Visitors and locals gathered here nightly, to drink, smoke, eat and basically enjoy the company of everyone. In my opinion this is the way it should be today, but some how we have lost our way.
Cigar: JC Newman Brick House
Size: 6.25 x 46 (Corona Larga)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Havana Subido
Appearance and Construction (15/20): At first glance the JC Newman Brick House does not really stand out. The oily wrapper is average at best in appearance with a significant amount of very thin veins. The triple cap is a nice touch, however it is applied poorly. The nicely weighted cigar has some tooth to it and a few soft spots around the mid way point. The band of the cigar is gold, black, cream and red with brick house written diagonally across the front and has a nice vintage feel to it.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The foot offered some rich tobacco notes with some earth to the nose while the draw revealed a slight sweetness that reminded me of maple syrup. Once the cigar is lit the first notes are a slight a pepper with a nice earth notes as well. After about an inch the pepper fades and the cigar develops a sweetness that I’m not ready to define as it comes and goes. The second third develops notes of wood and becomes a very smooth creamy smoke. The sweetness returns and reminds me of maple syrup. As we make our way to the final third there are some hints of mocha before the notes of pepper and earth return. The cigar has a nice wood finish.
Smoking Characteristics (24/25): The ash is medium gray in color and holds very firmly. I lost the ash around the first third of the cigar and it held strong where I only had to ash 2 more times for the duration. The burn line was not very even and while I never touched it up it constantly gave the appearance it needed to be. The draw was perfect and produced a fair amount of smoke.
Overall (24/25): What a welcome change to come across a cigar of this value. In a world where cigar prices are going up and up it was nice to see something so good can be found at a price so low. With cigar taxes at an all time high I really wish more companies would offer more cigars at this price that offer this quality.